According to Mayo clinic the basic definition of cerebral palsy is: “Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.”
I get asked a lot what cerebral palsy is and how it impacts my own life so I thought I would write this to answers some of those questions. Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term and therefore cerebral palsy symptoms impact each individual differently.
Cerebral palsy symptoms in my own life
I was diagnosed around the age of three or so. I was born premature and because of that use a wheelchair to get around. You can read more about me in my biography found here. Tight muscles and taken longer to do things in the physical sense is the norm for me but other than that I am blessed with being able to lead a productive life.
Cerebral palsy symptoms and a social life
I am more aware of the tight muscles in winter if I get cold my muscles get tight and sometimes it is just a waiting game and of course my social life is a bit different then the norm but that is only because people don’t often think to invite me out, it can be a daunting task figure out the accessibility logistics like how to transport my chair etc
The thing that frustrates me most is that instead of asking me out to overcome these barriers I am simply not included